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11-07-2009, 08:51 PM   #1
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Unusual Super-Tak 55/1.8

Hello everyone,

I've got an unusual Super Takumar, a 55 mm f/1.8, serial number 5779582. I got it from KEH some months ago. At first glance, it's a normal Super-Tak. But at closer inspection, it's a lot different. Most of the elements--specifically, the ones in front of the aperture blades--display the normal yellow reflections, but the others have purple and reddish reflections, as if they had the smc coating.

Additionally, and more importantly, it's in an open aperture metering tang. It's got the cam that moves with the aperture ring, the fixed square peg, and a little button that keeps the lens from being switched from automatic aperture to manual aperture.

What, exactly, have I got here? Is it some sort of S-M-C Takumar prototype?

11-07-2009, 09:02 PM   #2
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Late Super Takumars had Super-Multi-Coated characteristics just before they changed the model name.
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